School of Fun for Children in Fukushima

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School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
One of our smaller participants with a smile
One of our smaller participants with a smile

Please find a Japanese version of this report here.

We have concluded our fiscal year 2013 at the end of October 2013. I am writing this report to thank you once again for all you have done to support children in Fukushima. We have made a short video to express our gratitude. Please follow the link below, and share with us the smiles of children that are large part of the rewards for our activities.

We are all in this together. Let those children come back to our camps, and let us keep going.

HELP US KEEP GOING!

Our activities this month (November 2013) will focus on junior high and high school students in Fukushima as the next-generation leaders. We have already made a trip to Koriyama City, the biggest town in Fukushima, to "be hosted by" the past participants of our camps and their families (there will be a report on this event shortly). Later this month, the students will be invited to a series of sessions in Tokyo to discuss how they can make their home towns in Fukushima more first-rate places to live in by developing smartphone applications. We would really appreciate your continuing support.


Another of our smaller participants with a smile
Another of our smaller participants with a smile

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A participant preparing for the final presentation
A participant preparing for the final presentation

Please find a Japanese version of this report here.

We have just held the first instance of a camp series named "Academy Camp on Medicine 2013", in which junior-high and high school students from Fukushima, together with university students from Tokyo metropolitan area, experience different aspects of medical studies. The 2-night camp was held from September 14 to 16, 2013 in Tokyo, partially funded by Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) as part of promotion of science and technology communication. We stayed at National Olympics Memorial Youth Center, where we held Academy Camp 2013 Summer Term 1 last month, and moved to Mita Campus, Keio University for lectures and discussions.

During the 3-day period, we had a variety of activities focusing on products of medicine and information communication technology (ICT). At the first night, medical students helped participants drawing human body internals, and Academy Camp directors (faculty members of Keio University) held mini-workshops for the participants to think about how primary information about sickness can be collected from the patients themselves, and to think from multiple viewpoints (ex. medical workers, politicians and general public) when thinking about medicine and society. Prof. Maki Sugimoto of Kobe University produced the whole second day introducing applications of 3D printing in medicine and letting the participants feel the realistic models of organs, telling how technology can solve societal problems, and letting the participants practice presenting their own ideas, as that is the very first skill needed by a doctor when they communicate with patients. On the last day, we discussed on our dreams of how medicine should be like seven years from now, in the style of World Cafe.

This camp seems to have ignited passion in the participants' minds to begin thinking about what they will be doing in the future. Some of them had already been interested in working in medical fields before they joined the camp: to be a doctor, nurse, practitioner in acupuncture, etc. But those who are not necessarily interested in medicine also expressed their dreams with passion to become a hairstylist or social worker, for example, during their final 30-second presentations at the closing.

HELP US KEEP GOING!

The rest of the Academy Camp on Medicine series, as well as the 2014 winter camp targetted for younger children, need funding. We would really appreciate your continuing support.

Participants feeling realistic models of organs
Participants feeling realistic models of organs
Participants trying out simulated operation
Participants trying out simulated operation
A participant holding a realistic model of liver
A participant holding a realistic model of liver
After they enjoyed the learning experience
After they enjoyed the learning experience
The group photo at the end of the camp
The group photo at the end of the camp

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Cutting out memory at the concluding program
Cutting out memory at the concluding program

Please find a Japanese version of this report here.

Last month, we held three camps for children living in Fukushima. The third one was held from August 17 to 21, 2013, in Yokohama, largely funded by GlobalGiving donors, an anonymous couple, and Kanagawa Children's Future Fund. 55 elementary and junior-high school students from Fukushima participated in the camp.

We stayed at Yokohama Youth Outdoor Activity Center at Mitsuzawa Park, where we held Academy Camp 2013 Winter in February, for the first half, and at Yokohama Youth Training Center at Nojima Park for the second half of this camp. We had a lot of activities including playing games using Kinect with people from Microsoft Japan, enjoying English with people from Joyce and Wat English school, making four-frame comic photos with picture book writer Ms. Minami Endo, playing dodge ball, and participated in an improvisational theater workshop and improvisational comedy live with 6-dim+ and Jushimatsu. We also had a plenty of chances for making meals ourselves: BBQ at the first night, fully outdoor cooking with selected recipes with Ms. Chizumi Okumoto and friends at the second night, and making curry with our own recipes with people from Curry Caravan at the third night.

Upon concluding the camp, we utilized the technique taught by Ms. Endo, and made a picture diary of the camp with photos we took by ourselves. That was only achievable with 28 NEX-5 mirrorless cameras lent by the courtesy of SONY and 12 iPads lent by the courtesy of Softbank Mobile, both for the whole three camps this summer. We would like to express our gratitude to those corporations, as well as to all organizations and individuals who participated in and/or supported the three camps this summer.

We are all in this together. Let those children come back to our camps, and let us keep going.

HELP US KEEP GOING!

Our next camp is the first example of "Academy Camp on Medicine (a.k.a. Aca-Medical Camp)" series scheduled to take place from September 14 to 16, 2013, in Tokyo. We would really appreciate your continuing support.

GlobalGiving is holding September Fundraiser Campaign, in which you can call for donations on our behalf using fundraiser tools. This is a big opportunity for us to multiply supporters! Your participation will be much appreciated.

Tasting curry with recipe they invented
Tasting curry with recipe they invented
Playing dodge ball outside
Playing dodge ball outside
Giving imaginary gifts to each other at a workshop
Giving imaginary gifts to each other at a workshop
Enjoying a live improvisational comedy
Enjoying a live improvisational comedy
Before departure back to Fukushima
Before departure back to Fukushima

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Saying good-bye to a student leader
Saying good-bye to a student leader

Please find a Japanese version of this report here.

Last month, we held three camps for children living in Fukushima. The second one was held from August 12 to 16, 2013, in Tokyo, largely funded by GlobalGiving donors, an anonymous couple, and Kanagawa Children's Future Fund. 29 elementary and junior-high school students from Fukushima participated in the camp.

We stayed at National Olympics Memorial Youth Center, where we held Academy Camp 2012 Summer Term 1 last year. We had a lot of activities including playing games using Kinect with people from Microsoft Japan, making stop motion animation with students from Future University Hakodate, singing a cappella with singers Mr. Yoichi Kitayama (Gospellers) and Mr. Osamu Tago (TRY-TONE), becoming news reporters with journalist Mr. Jun Hori, studying lives in Edo era with historian Mr. Masaaki Osawa, and cooking chickens with Mr. Ryu Hirai (in a BBQ place in Odaiba, Tokyo). We also conducted an orienteering in Yoyogi Park, and O-Edo Digital Orienteering in which we tried to discover old Edo left in today's Tokyo.

For the concluding program, journalist Mr. Hori came back to help us making news movies to report facts and opinions about the camp we experienced. In our humble opinion, Academy Camp is some kind of "enabling field", in which children and adults can experience things they have never thought they would be able to.

HELP US KEEP GOING!

Please help us enable and empower children in Fukushima. Your continuing support will be much appreciated.

Physical exercise (sumo) before singing a cappella
Physical exercise (sumo) before singing a cappella
Reporting news he found with a group
Reporting news he found with a group
Found a right answer to a quiz in old Tokyo
Found a right answer to a quiz in old Tokyo
At BBQ in DiverCity Tokyo
At BBQ in DiverCity Tokyo
A group photo before departure
A group photo before departure

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Paddling kayaks together
Paddling kayaks together

Please find a Japanese version of this report here.

Last month, we held three camps for children living in Fukushima. The first one was held from August 5 to 11, 2013, in Taiwan, with help from YMCA Yokohama and YMCA Taipei. 18 junior-high and high school students from Fukushima participated in the camp.

This camp was a joint camp between participants from Fukushima and Taiwan. The themes of the camp included learnig each other's language and culture, and thinking together about disaster prevention, mitigation and society after disasters. It turned out to be an occasion for those children to see themselves as next-generation leaders in each region, through talking with neighboring friends who share the same kinds of hazards: earthquakes, tsunamis, typhoons and nuclear crises.

We visited Raohe Street Night Market, Taipei Office of Interchange Association, Japan (equivalent to the embassy of Japan in Taiwan in a practical sense), YMCA Taipei, Fulong Beach, Central Emergency Operation Center at National Fire Agency, Ministry of the Interior, Taiwan, and NEC Taiwan (developing an emergency operation cloud system for Taiwan). We conducted Taipei Digital Orienteering in which children themselves decided what their checkpoints and hurdles were.

Thoughout this camp, we were helped by the hospitality of Taiwanese people, including camp participants from Taiwan, staff members at YMCA Taipei, members of Taipei Nanzan Rotary Club, and kind people we met in the City of Taipei through Taipei Digital Orienteering.

One of the participants from Fukushima wrote in an essay afterwards that he learnt the strength of smiles through the camp, as people he met in Taiwan always welcomed him with smiles, and he will make more people smile in order to start changing the world.

HELP US KEEP GOING!

Although this camp in Taiwan has been funded mostly from sources other than GlobalGiving, additional funds from GlobalGiving donors will be much appreciated. Everyone involved in the camp says "Let's do this again." Please help us keep going! We would appreciate your continuing support.

At Narita Airport, on the way to Taiwan
At Narita Airport, on the way to Taiwan
Enjoying foods at Raohe Street Night Market
Enjoying foods at Raohe Street Night Market
Hiking near the Fulong Beach
Hiking near the Fulong Beach
Taipei Digital Orienteering
Taipei Digital Orienteering
At Taoyuan Airport, on the way back to Japan
At Taoyuan Airport, on the way back to Japan

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Location: Fujisawa, Kanagawa - Japan
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Kenji Saito
Fujisawa, Kanagawa Japan
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